Fire­men res­cue trapped mare

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Pu­taruru fire­men have a fe­male fan of a dif­fer­ent sort – Jesse the horse.

Jesse, a 20-year-old mare, had to be res­cued by fire of­fi­cers in late De­cem­ber af­ter a wooden step she was be­ing led up col­lapsed, trap­ping her at the Glen­shea St prop­erty.

Neigh­bour Dan Birks said Jesse’s owner was lead­ing her up the ‘‘old, slip­pery’’ steps to a higher gar­den pad­dock where she could graze when her hind legs be­came stuck.

The pair soon re­alised they couldn’t save Jesse on their own, so called the vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers to lend a hand.

The fire­men ar­rived and be­gan dis­man­tling a nearby gazebo and part of a fence to ex­tract Jesse.

‘‘She would have been [stuck] in there for at least two hours,’’ Mr Birks said.

‘‘But she was re­ally good and han­dled it pretty well.’’ A vet was called to se­date her. She was left with only a few scratches to her hind legs and was able to be led away by her owner. Mr Birks said fire­fight­ers com­mented that it was one of their more un­usual call­outs.

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